George Dillman in a September photo
Photo courtesy of Linda Imbriale
Hundreds of residents and firefighters joined family members and co-workers Oct. 14 for a funeral service at Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Whitestone to pay their last respects to George Dillman of Hicksville.
Mr. Dillman, 26, a splicer for Con Edison, was killed Oct. 9 in a manhole explosion in Brooklyn near the corner of Sutter and Euclid avenues. He and his fiancée, Alyssa Block, planned to be married in October 2009.
At the time of the accident, Mr. Dillman, along with other workers, was conducting routine maintenance to replace or repair cables supplying electrical power that ran under the ground. His co-worker, Craig Penney, 28, of Whitestone, suffered minor burns.
According to published reports, Mr. Dillman was 8 to 10 feet below ground working on a cable carrying over 100 volts of electricity when the explosion sparked a fire that sent flames upward. He attempted to get up the ladder but may have slipped and was trapped below ground, said authorities.
At the time of his death, Mr. Dillman, an employee with Con Edison for over three years, was looking into transferring to a less dangerous position within the public utility. Mr. Dillman joined the Hicksville Fire Department as a member of Engine Company #4 in April and recently completed his New York State Firefighter 1 Training at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy.
The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation by Con Ed, the state Public Service Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Mr. Dillman, who is survived by his fiancée, parents Anne and Raymond Dillman and seven siblings, was laid to rest at Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery, in Flushing.